Myanmar Tourist Arrivals Set Record in 2014

Temples and pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan, Myanmar, 21 February 2013. Record tourist arrivals and tourism revenue in 2014 surpassed expectations, officials said Monday. Photo: Christiane Oelrich/dpa

YANGON (DPA) — Record tourist arrivals and tourism revenue in 2014 surpassed expectations, officials said Monday.

Hotel and Tourism Ministry data showed the country hosted more than 3.5 million tourists and earned 1.14 billion dollars in 2014.

Most visitors were from Asia, especially from Thailand, Japan and China, which made up 67 per cent of tourist arrivals in 2014.

Tourism numbers have been on the rise since the country began to open up following the 2010 election that ended military rule.

Authorities predict 5 million tourist arrivals in 2015 and the ministry plans to open up more coastal areas and ethnic regions in addition to the traditionally popular destinations.

Myanmar is planning for tourist arrivals to reach 7.5 million in 2020.

 

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